Setting up a fund in Ireland

How do I set up a fund in Ireland?

To set up a fund in Ireland you must obtain authorisation from the Central Bank of Ireland. There are a number of steps involved:

Choose a fund structure

There are two main fund regimes in Ireland: UCITS and AIFs. There are a number of factors to consider when making this decision including the location of target investors and the investment policy of the fund.

Choose a legal structure

The following legal structures are available in Ireland - Investment Company, Unit Trust, Common Contractual Fund (CCF) and Investment Limited Partnership.

Required service providers

The Central Bank of Ireland (CBI) is the authority responsible for the authorisation of funds in Ireland. They will approve all the below mentioned service providers.

For all Irish funds a number of service providers must be approved in advance including:

  • An Irish based depository
  • An Irish regulated external auditor
  • An Irish based administrator (central administration)
  • A management company (Unit Trust and CCF); and
  • Two Irish resident directors

In the case of a UCITS, the fund promoter and the investment manager (only if different to the promoter) must also be approved by the CBI. For AIFs the investment manager must obtain approval as an AIFM from the CBI.

Fund approval

Once the promoter/investment manager have been approved, the final step is obtaining approval for the fund documentation.

How can we help?

We can provide assistance with the market entry strategy for your fund and provide assistance with the set-up and establishment of your fund through regulatory, accounting, tax and operational advice.


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